DON'T BREAK YOUR BACK!

Posted by admin on March 12, 2019

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Tips to decrease injury while lifting:

  • Keep your eyes and head up. This will decrease the rounding of your back and encourage a more neutral spinal position.
  • Keep the object closer to you. The further away, the more compressive forces on your spine. (see image below)
  • Brace with your core. Your abdominals are your natural back brace. Pull your belly button towards your spine to engage.
  • BREATHE! Holding your breath causes increased intraabdominal pressure.
  • Pivot rather than twist. Turn with your entire body instead of twisting just your spine.
  • Don’t be a hero. Ask for help if you are unsure of the object’s weight or position.lifting2.jpg.

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